Most of us like to think we keep a relatively clean home, so we don’t even need to worry about flea infestations, right? Wrong. Fleas can infest even the most immaculate home, and a few fleas can turn into a full-blown infestation in as little as a week. If you are dealing with a flea infestation at home, don’t panic. There are a ton of things you can do to get rid of your current infestation and prevent new infestations from occurring.
- Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum
Vacuuming is one of the most effective ways to control a flea infestation and prevent future infestations from taking hold of your home. Vacuum your floors – focusing on your carpets and rugs – every single day, twice a day, until the infestation is eradicated. Immediately after you vacuum, empty the canister or throw away the bag in an outdoor garbage can. There could still be live fleas in there that you don’t want to escape back into your house.
- Use Preventative Care
Most flea infestations start with household pets. Regularly bathing and grooming your pets can do a lot toward keeping flea infestations at bay. Soap and water can be strong enough to kill fleas on its own, so try and give your pets a bath at least once a month. If they currently have fleas, bathe them weekly. You should also buy a good flea comb and comb through their coat as often as possible. Start on their head and comb all the way through. Be prepared to quickly dip the comb in a bowl filled with liquid soap and a little bit of water, so the fleas on the comb don’t are killed.
You should also ask your veterinarian about preventative flea treatments for your animals. They may be able to recommend treatments that will keep fleas away from your pet all year round, so you never have to deal with fleas in your home again. If you’re concerned about putting chemical treatments on your pet, ask your veterinarian if there are any natural products or home remedies that they recommend. The professionals at Wellesley Animal Hospital will make sure to guide you toward the right flea control and prevention products for your pet.
- Treat the Outdoors
Fleas can also live outdoors, and they could be entering your home from your yard or crawl space. Sprinkle some diatomaceous earth around the foundation of your home and around any possible entry points to keep fleas from coming inside. You can also put cedar chips on the edge of your lawn to stop fleas from coming onto your property from surrounding woods or tall grasses.
Flea treatment and prevention is all about consistency. You have to make sure to keep your home consistently clean and vacuumed and be vigilant about checking for signs of fleas on your pets. Get your furry friends on a regular grooming schedule and ask your veterinarian for more tips on keeping your animals flea-free. Your home should be your oasis, and you should never have to deal with unwanted intruders. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to a flea-free home.